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Essex Clipper Dinner Train

1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crackers” (6 reviews)
“prime rib” (12 reviews)
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1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

Imagine dining in luxury while traveling through the countryside in a restored dining car! And Here you go! Food great, truly excellent, old school service. What a treat!

Thank Tom D
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Fun train dinner but the food is only ok for the price they charged. No appetizer at all - only serve some crackers with cheese and 2 pieces of salami. Main course is ok, but the drink service is slow, so order your drink right...More

Thank Janelulu88
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Pros: This was a fun experience for our anniversary. The train was set up and decorated with an old-fashioned feel, but with air conditioning. We enjoyed the relaxing 2 and 1/2 hour ride along the CT River. Meal was quite good. Appetizer was a small...More

Thank B H
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Experiencing a romantic dinner on a train was on my bucket list. The 1920 Pullman Car dining experience on the Essex train fulfilled my expectations. The decor, service and food were all excellent. I enjoyed every minute of this special adventure. It was everything I...More

Thank peggygris
Reviewed 30 September 2016

I just loved this....the service was amazing as was the dinner....I am still amazed how nothing moves on your table ....the trip was so lovely, moving at a slow pace for 2 1/2 hrs , shifting between wooded areas, water views, quaint homes and streets,...More

Thank zj97
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The Essex Clipper Dinner Train is a step back into the 1800's. The train ride is about two hours and during that time you are served a white linen dinner . They have four wonderful choices an d a four course dinner complete with a...More

Thank Marsha S
Reviewed 15 August 2016

We booked this on a whim, finding ourselves kid free for a weekend. It was everything we expected and more. The atmosphere once we boarded was elegant and the staff were welcoming and very attentive. The food was excellent and cooked to perfection. Menu choice...More

Thank Pannn
Reviewed 10 August 2016

The dinner train was a delightful experience. We dined while riding in a beautifully restored (and air-conditioned) antique train powered by a steam locomotive. Our salads were fresh and served with a choice of 3 dressings. My beef tips in gravy were delicious and tender,...More

Thank Saltyblue
Reviewed 7 August 2016

We love trains and the Essex Steam Train and the Essex Clipper Dinner Train are located and a magnificent setting along the banks of the very scenic Connecticut River valley. My wife and I visited for a summer evening date. We arrived at the prescribed...More

Thank biggdaniel
Reviewed 28 June 2016

My recent trip aboard the Essex Clipper was an elegant epicurean experience. I dined on an excellent cut of Prime Rib while passing a hillside view of the Gillette Castle. The service was of the best quality. The friendly staff worked hard to make sure...More

Thank Pat W w
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We'd like to celebrate our 20th anniversary, but bring our two well-behaved kids (8) and 16), and my 70 year old mom.. We have taken the dinner train once for another anniv., years ago... are kids welcome/food available for the 8 year old? Anything special done for anniversaries/celebrations?
15 September 2016|
Response from Pat W w | Reviewed this property |
Hi and "Happy Anniversary." The Essex is an excellent choice for your celebration. Their on line menu can best answer your question regarding the menu. My quick review shows that there are choices for younger diners. The... More
I see that the dinner options are beef, chicken, and fish. There is one person in our party that is vegetarian. Is there another option for her? Also, is there a full bar or wine and beer? Thank you in advance.
30 May 2015|
Response from lwl53 | Reviewed this property |
We both had the beef so we didnt ask for options . They are very helpful on the phone, just call . There is a full bar on board.
WE are coming with a large group to celebrate a 60th birthday - the group enjoys a cocktail or 2 as well as wine - can you tell me how pricey the alcoholic beverages are?
15 April 2015|
Response from lwl53 | Reviewed this property |
We both had a beer with our beef dinner that was reasonable priced . They have a full bar on board .
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Restaurant Details

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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0103
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